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Symphony Number One is Baltimore's newest chamber orchestra, dedicated to performing and promoting substantial works by emerging composers.
Led by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith, Symphony Number One brings together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future. We have ambitious plans to position our orchestra as an innovating leader in social change using the power of the music of our time.
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As the spring warms up, SNO will partner with the Choir of St. David's Episcopal Church, led by Dr. Douglas Buchanan, for Bach's Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben ("Heart and mouth and deed and life"). Hailed by the Baltimore Sun as "remarkable" and "offering admirable variety and depth of repertoire," the St. David's Choir offers a wide range of free events in the beautiful acoustic of the St. David's sanctuary and throughout the city. This special concert is a rare chance to hear "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" in a springtime performance. After this cantata, SNO and CSD will perform our final featured world premiere of the season, a "chamber-choral symphony" by composer Ryan Lindveit. Not to be missed!
For two years, SNO has presented the arrangements of other composers created by Arnold Schoenberg and his students in the early 20th Century. This February, SNO will perform the music of the man himself, Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1. James Lee III will be our featured composer, writing his own extended work for chamber orchestra.
SNO returns, as it does every season, to Emmanuel Episcopal Church for an exciting pair of performances.
Our third album is on the way! Starting today, you can pre-order your copy of More directly from the Symphony Number One store! Will ship before Christmas. These limited-supply pre-orders will be the first to ship, and you can optionally request to have them signed by the musicians of SNO at no extra cost!
- Natalie Draper, Timelapse Variations
- Jonathan Russell, Light Cathedral
- Andrew Posner, The Promised Burning
Click on the links above to learn more about and sample each piece.
“Baltimore Prelude is a piece that summarizes my experience with the city of Baltimore. In my experience, Baltimore is a vibrant and energetic city, which I have enjoyed. The musical materials and fragments represent the highlights of my experience. Similar to the technique of montage in filmmaking, they are playfully interacting with each other and shifting the sonic image at a fast pace. It is a piece with energy and excitement, reflecting the various images of the city."
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